Mastroianni mastering two sports at once
Ray Mastroainni would like to say he's been living an athletic dream over the past few weeks, except for one minor point.
The versatile athlete from Bridgewater-Raritan probably hasn't slept enough to slip into a state of REM.
Mastroianni has been on a whirlwind athletic tour since he led the lacrosse team to its second consecutive Tournament of Champions title June 9 against Delbarton, 11-5.
He snapped up MVP honors Thursday night by quarterbacking the West all-star football squad to a 16-6 win over the East at the Sunshine Classic in Ewing. He passed for 96 yards and a TD, engineered two scoring drives and also rushed for 96 yards.
And Mastroianni, a hard-shooting, fleet-footed middie, will be back on the lacrosse field Sunday to play for the New Jersey College All-Stars as they battle the United States U19 men's team in an exhibition game at Mountain Lakes. Faceoff is 3 p.m.
Let's see, for the past week he somehow worked daily Sunshine practice in Lawrence and his involvement in a men's lacrosse league at Kean University in Union around an 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. summer job in Bridgewater.
"I've been pretty nonstop, so hopefully the transition (from football to lax) will be smooth," he said. "It's been a lot, but it is what it is. I'd definitely rather being doing it than not doing it."
Mastroianni, who will continue his lacrosse career at Lehigh this fall, teams up with former Bridgewater stars B.J. Grill (Marquette) and Alex Eaton (Notre Dame) and will battle former teammate Tyler Barbarich (Delaware), a middie who is one of three New Jersey representatives on the talent-stocked U19 squad coached by Mountain Lakes head man Tim Flynn.
The U19 club also features defenseman Ralph D'Agostino (Immaculata and Syracuse), the 2011 New Jersey High School Player of the Year, and middie Steve Pontrello of St. Augustine, who will enter North Carolina this September.
The U19 squad is preparing for the 2012 FIL U19 World Lacrosse Championships July 12-21 in Turku, Finland. Admission Sunday is $10, with proceeds helping to fund the U19 program.
Among the New Jersey All-Stars is former Morristown middie Pat Laconi, who helped Loyola to its first NCAA championship last month with a 9-3 victory over Maryland. Eaton and former Summit star John Scioscia both played for NCAA semifinalist Notre Dame, and former Mountain Lakes standouts Jake Tripucka and Greg DeLuca both played for NCAA semifinalist Duke.
Mountain Lakes and Summit each flaunts five representatives for the College All-Star squad, which is coached by Summit head coach Jim Davidson and Delbarton assistant Matt Kovachik. Summit also has brothers Brian and Danny Feeney (both UPenn) and Terry McKenna and James Kennedy (both Holy Cross. Mountain Lakes sends Greg Cuccinello (Towson), Scott McWilliams (Virginia) and 2012 grad Pat Flynn, who will continue his career at Dartmouth.
USA U19 TEAM
Zachary Oliveri (Connequot High School, N.Y., UMass)
Kyle Turri (West Islip High School, N.Y., Duke)
Ralph D´Agostino (Immaculata High School, Syracuse)
Gregory Danseglio (St. Anthony´s High School, N.Y., Virginia)
Robert Enright (Massapequa High School, N.Y., Johns Hopkins)
Luke Howard (Landon School, Md., Ohio State)
Stephen Jahelka (Garden City High School, N.Y., Harvard)
Tanner Ottenbreit (Regis Jesuit High School, Colo., Virginia)
Brent Armstrong, (St. Stephens and St. Agnes H.S, Va.)
Tyler Barbarich (Bridgewater-Raritan, Delaware)
Matthew Florence (Kent Denver High School, Colo.)
Stephen Kelly (Calvert Hall High School, Md.)
Sean Mahon (Chaminade High School, N.Y., Harvard)
Steven Pontrello (St. Augustine Prep, North Carolina)
Charles Raffa (St. Anthony´s High School, N.Y., Maryland)
Michael Tagliaferri (San Roman Valley High School, Calif.)
Ryan Tucker (Gilman, Md., Virginia)
Robert Zoppo (Calvert Hall, Md., Towson)
Connor Buczek (St. Xavier High School, Ohio, Cornell)
Daniel Eipp (Groton Dunstable, Mass., Harvard)
Matthew Kavanagh (Chaminade High School, NY, Notre Dame)
Kyle Keenan (Smithtown West High School, N.Y., Duke)
Joseph Leonard (Hicksville High School, N.Y., St. John´s)
HEAD COACH: Tim Flynn, Mountain Lakes
NEW JERSEY COLLEGE ALL-STARS
Brian Feeney (Summit, UPenn)
Tyler Avallone (Mendham, Syracuse)
Jack Breit (Delbarton, Harvard)
Pat Flynn (Mountain Lakes, Dartmouth)
B.J. Grill (Bridgewater-Raritan,Marquette)
John LoCascio (West Essex, Villanova)
Matt McMahon (Glen Ridge, UPenn)
Scott McWilliams (Mountain Lakes, Virginia)
Greg Cuccinello (Mountain Lakes, Towson)
Greg DeLuca (Mountain Lakes, Duke)
Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, Rutgers)
Danny Feeney (Summit, UPenn)
Steve Grembowiec (Kinnelon, Georgetown)
Pat Hodapp (Jefferson, Mercy)
Pat Laconi (Morristown, Loyola)
Ray Mastroianni (Bridgewater-Raritan, Lehigh)
Terry McKenna (Summit, Holy Cross)
Colin McLinden (Madison, Fairfield)
Jake Tripucka (Mountain Lakes, Duke)
Kevin Cernuto (St. Joseph (Met.), St. John's)
Alex Eaton (Bridgewater-Raritan, Notre Dame)
James Kennedy (Summit, Holy Cross)
Charlie Oldendorp (Madison, Lynchburg)
John Scioscia (Summit, Notre Dame)
Mike Kinney covers boys lacrosse for MSG Varsity. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeKinneyHS